Hi everyone. My name is Sarah Steed. I’ve been married since January 2017. My husband Matt works out at Stennis Space Center, and we have a new baby girl named Nancy. Interests would include mostly reading and writing. I write a blog, thecoffeecornertable, with WordPress. On it, I discuss various topics pertaining to both the mental health field and spirituality/ biblical doctrine. Having chosen to do my graduate work through a divinity school, it might not come as a surprise that I enjoy studying scripture, biblical doctrines, theologian’s memoirs, and ancient languages. I love studying the context of the world in Jesus’ life. Most days, I simply enjoy grabbing either coffee or lunch with friends and hearing about their lives. I also enjoy traveling; I’ve been blessed to be able to travel to Ghana, West Africa, and Turkey. I have not been able to do as much traveling in the states as I would like, so I always set a goal every year to try to go to at least one new place where I have never been before.
Areas of life that I challenge myself in daily, would be continuing to grow and maintain the relationships around me. As many have expressed in my office, this can be very hard to do when you have small children and you’re introverted like me. I have never been one to naturally walk up to people and make friends instantly. People who know me may not even believe that to be true about me, but it is. I really have to push myself in order to reach out and make connections. I’ve had many clients who have sought my help wishing to work on the same thing, so I can totally relate! Like I have told many of them, for an introvert, the shyness and second-guessing may never go away. What can change is our ability to learn how to push past our comfort zone and to never give up trying to grow in our daily lives. We can choose to make the most of every day with those who mean the most in our lives. Any relationship often requires intentionality. It’s easy to default to “my life is too busy with a husband and kids to…” However, being a counselor, I know how life-giving relationships are for people. So, I always try to look for opportunities to encourage both my husband and I to find time to spend with friends or family. He needs his guy time, as much as I need time with my lady friends. Proverbs 27: 9 (NLT) says, “The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense.” A sweet friendship can be refreshing for the soul, and I don’t know about you, but I need LOTS of refreshing.
Personally, Brenè Brown’s book, Braving the Wilderness, and Christian Author, Shauna Niequist’s, Present Over Perfect, really helped me visualize the kind of friendships I wanted in my life and how to pursue them. Maybe you could find encouragement from them, too. If you or someone you love struggles with finding fulfillment in the relationships in your life, please check out our website, https://www.northshorefamilycounseling.com, or call us at 985-661-0560.